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Published August 13th 2018
Indulge your senses in the Hunter Valley this weekend
The Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest wine region and there is a lot to discover, explore, enjoy and experience from premium fine wines, gourmet delights, vineyards, famous gardens, wildlife and zoo encounters to adventure activities, art and culture discoveries, heritage and history, nature and much more.
The Hunter Valley is not just home to spectacular wineries & vineyards, it is also home to awe-inspiring nature and wildlife and much more.. width="662
Whether you are escaping to go on a romantic weekend getaway, want to take a break with the family or just simply want to enjoy a weekend away, the Hunter Valley is the perfect weekend escape to fulfil all interests.
You will find that perfect something in Hunter Valley and its spectacular surrounds, with vineyards sweeping across the Valley, the great outdoors with the abundance of surrounding nature, heritage and history, the thrilling rush of adventure activities, arts and culture or even just having a great day out with the family.
1. Indulge Your Senses With a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, the Hunter Valley is home to numerous wineries, including world-renowned brands and family-run boutique operations. Explore what the cellars have on offer with wine tastings and vineyard tours. Click here for the website.
There is something to suit all tastes at the Hunter Valley. Along with appreciating fine wines, you can feast on a journey of all things gourmet. Whether you are a foodie or new to the culinary art, there is something for all tastes that will excite and delight with fine foods, gourmet and local products, cooking classes, Al Fresco, casual dining & vineyard dining, cafes, takeaways & bakeries, High Tea, formal dining, pet-friendly dining out and hotel restaurants. Click here for the website.
3. A Hit of Nostalgia Step back into time and discover the rich history and vast heritage of the Hunter Valley. With Aboriginal and cultural heritage to bushranging and mining, major relics of our past, which are still very evident, can also be discovered. There are many Indigenous sites that can be found around the Hunter Valley, which include middens, grinding grooves, caves and stones. Explore the Great North Road for The Convict Trail, historic walk at Wollombi Village Walk, or take the road less travelled- Tourist Drive 33 and learn about the 'The bad boys of Australian history' or visit some of the historic hotels across the Hunter Valley as well as the other historical and heritage landmarks and sites. Click here for the website.
4. Stop & Smell The Roses When visiting the picturesque wine country region, a visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens is a must! This tourist attraction features an all year round oasis of colour with a mix of not seen before flora in other areas of Australia; 225 hectares of international display gardens with 10 spectacular themed gardens with influences from all over the world. You will find over 8km of pathways, over 6,000 trees, 600,000 shrubs and 1,000 000 of flora. Click here for my article.
5. The Great Outdoors Explore the breathtaking nature surrounding the Hunter Valley. Discover the surrounding National Parks, surround yourself with the peaceful bushland, or be in awe of the mountain views. Spot out wildlife or enjoy bird watching, fill your senses with nature on the many bushwalks and cycle trails, there is an abundance of nature and outdoor attractions to suit all fitness levels and interests. Click here for the website.
Stop and admire the breathtaking views surrounding the Hunter Valley.
The Hunter Valley is not just a romantic escape, families can enjoy the picturesque Valley too with the family-friendly attractions and activities. Stroll around the Hunter Valley Zoo, explore the exhibits at the Hunter Valley Gardens, have fun with the Go Karts or Aqua Putt Putt Golf, horse riding, farm stays and visits, and National Parks... these are just some of the attractions and activities that can be enjoyed by families. Click here for the website.
7. Thrilling Adventures Await If you want to be adventurous on this weekend escape, then embrace yourself for one wild adventure in the Hunter Valley with activities such as hot air ballooning, skydiving, aviation attractions, 4WD tracks and much more. Click here for the website.
8. Go Wild! If you are an animal lover, then you will love a weekend escape at the Hunter Valley enjoying birdwatching, wildlife spotting, petting animals & animal encounters at the Hunter Valley Zoo or horse riding.
Take the road less travelled, explore roads off the beaten track, or admire the lookouts and views. Explore the Wine Trail road as you pass through vineyards and wineries, take the gourmet route or Tourist Drives or pass through National Park and State Forests. Click here for the website.
10. Discovering Art & Culture
Be inspired by the range of talented creative and cultural people who call the Hunter Valley home. See the emerging and evolving arts precinct with a showcase of sculpture, music, fines arts, crafts, performing arts including galleries, museums, sculpture parks, theatre, live music and artist studios, exhibitions and performances. Click here for the website.